Tax Policy and Administration

Our program supports governments in collecting taxes legally due as effectively and efficiently as possible and in setting policies on what taxes to levy, in what amounts, and on whom. Many of the region’s tax administrations are introducing procedures to deliver tax compliance risk management (CRM) through a framework set out in the European Commission’s Compliance Risk Management Guide for Tax Administrations as well as Fiscal Blueprints. Our work with these administrations focuses on assuring success in adopting these procedures; it largely depends on supportive policies, whose design needs to be sensitive to compliance challenges and contribute to long-term growth.

Our 2018 learning program will support improved management of core tax administration procedures, enhanced performance management and improved cooperation among tax administrations across borders. More specifically, we will support efforts to increase tax collection capacity, voluntary compliance, and improve taxpayers’ services, audit IT management systems, tackle identification, investigation and prosecution of tax fraud and tax avoidance. We will focus on the roles and responsibilities of different levels of tax administration and ministries of finance officials, and use face-to-face, online and collaborative learning solutions, including trainingof-trainers.

We are committed to continue to enhance the efforts of tax officials across SEE to comprehensively deal with different aspects of modern approaches to tax compliance also by working closely with IMF Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD) Tax Administration Reform Advisor for South East Europe, Steffen Normann Hansen, who is based at the CEF, and CEF Associate Fellow, Norman Gillanders. Both Mr. Hansen and Mr. Gillanders deliver the tax courses and contribute content that is strongly informed by their missions in the SEE region.

For more information on Tax Policy and Administration program please contact Dijana Mitrović, Program Specialist.